When asked about the subtitle of his Coast Guard memoir: Minding the Helm – An Unlikely Career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Kevin explains, “It’s because I was a fat, drunk kid who couldn’t swim.” Despite being a teenage alcoholic, and a self-described New York City street hooligan, Kevin never forgot about his childhood dreams of joining the Coast Guard and learning to play the bagpipes. When faced with almost being kicked out of the Coast Guard for drunkenness after only a year and a half, Kevin gave up alcohol and dedicated himself to pursuing his dreams.

Kevin in rowboatTwenty years later he had not only become a bagpiper, he had founded the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band. During those twenty years he checked off a few more things on his list: he earned a bachelor’s degree after ten years of night school, married the woman of his dreams, and raised a beautiful daughter in an old house next to the Mississippi River in New Orleans. After retiring from the Coast Guard he set about his next goal of becoming an entrepreneur and started a successful maritime consulting business, eventually becoming an internationally recognized expert in maritime regulatory compliance. As a professional speaker, he served as president of the National Speakers Association – New Orleans Chapter, winning the organization’s award for excellence in leadership.

Being one of only a handful of bagpipers in New Orleans, Kevin supported the Irish community by playing his bagpipe at weddings, funerals and parades. 2019 brought another blessing as Kevin became a traditionally published author. He is currently working on a number of other inspirational writing projects. His current mission in life is to inspire others to pursue their own version of personal success.